Illumina's brief dalliance with the real-time PCR instrumentation and reagents market is coming to an end.

CEO Jay Flatley said during a conference call held this week to recap Illumina's third quarter earnings that the company is "exiting the PCR market" in order to train its R&D and commercialization resources fully on the "tremendous opportunities" that exist for its sequencing and array technologies.

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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Kite Pharmaceuticals' CAR T-cell therapy for large B-cell lymphomas, the New York Times reports.

Kaiser Health News reports that gene therapies could cost more than a million dollars.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute researchers have received a grant to combine biology and computer science for high school students.

In Nature this week: variants associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder, review of key CRISPR enzymes, and more.